Did you know that gum disease (periodontitis) is the leading cause of adult tooth loss? It’s also preventable. And if you catch gum infections while they’re in the earliest stages of gingivitis, completely reversible. Contact our team right away for trusted gum disease treatment in Philly.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
How can you tell if you have clinical periodontitis? The most obvious signs that you need gum disease treatment include:
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Chronic halitosis
- Visible tartar buildup
- Gum recession
- Loose teeth
- Gaps between your teeth
- Food getting caught each time you eat
- Sore teeth when you bite down
- Redness and swelling
- Bone loss (as seen on dental X-rays)
Not everyone experiences all symptoms of gum disease. For instance, if you use tobacco products you may not see any redness, swelling, or bleeding in your gum tissues. That’s because the tobacco and smoke causes the blood vessels in those areas to atrophy. Other individuals may never experience gum recession, but the tissues have still detached from the roots of their teeth.
Early, frequent screenings for gum disease are essential in combatting the infection. The sooner the disease can be spearheaded, the greater chances you have of preventing tooth loss.
The Risk to Your Health
Gum disease isn’t just detrimental to your smile. It also significantly puts your health at a higher risk for medical complications. Repeated studies show that more aggressive periodontal infections statistically raise the chances of uncontrolled diabetes, stroke, heart disease (including heart attack,) infertility, preeclampsia, stillbirth, pneumonia, and erectile dysfunction.
The great news is that by treating gum disease, you’re actively removing bacteria and boosting your immune system. As a result, your body is better able to tackle other co-existing conditions. Clinical studies show us that people with other medical problems typically see improvement in their overall health within about three months of receiving periodontal disease treatment.
How is Gum Disease Treated?
Our treatment recommendations for gum disease are dependent upon the severity of your infection. In most cases our Philadelphia gum disease treatments will involve a series of deep cleanings. These procedures target the bacteria and tartar buildup deep below the gums, which are responsible for causing the gum and bone deterioration.
After your entire mouth has been treated, we’ll typically put you on a 3-4 month periodontal maintenance program to monitor your progress. Additionally, you’ll want to re-vamp your home hygiene routine to prevent new buildup from accumulating between appointments. Investing in a water flosser can be helpful, due to the extremely deep nature of gum disease pockets around your teeth.
Think You Could Have Periodontal Disease?
Contact Main Street Dental Center City today to reserve a new patient exam and periodontal screening. We’ll be happy to provide the answers you need and get your smile’s health back on track.
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